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A Bronze Sculpture On Wood Base By Sue Jane Smock

Sue Jane Smock (b. 1937)

Smock worked in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was known for her woodcuts and sculpture.  She exhibited at the James A. Porter Gallery of African American Art at Howard University in 1970.  She received her BA from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and her MFA from Columbia University in New York.  Her work is included in the collections of the California African American Museum (The Personal Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey), the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and were collected privately by Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sidney Poitier, and Lady Eudora Ebiam.  She was elected Chairperson of the Art department at Lincoln University.  She lived in London in the 1970s.  Her prints hung alongside works by Picasso and Giacometti at the Cultural Center of the University of Geneva.

The majority of Smock’s work is influenced by her study of African culture during her first marriage to an anthropologist sent to Nigeria by the Ford Foundation.  She then married Lon Satton, an actor and singer.

REF: In the Hands of African American Collectors: The Personal Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey, Afro-American Artists, A Bio-Bibliographical Directory , Cedarholm, and International Library of Afro-American Life and History, Lindsay Patterson (1978).

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